Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:11 miles
Trail is currently open
This red grade cross-country trail is one of the most spectacular in England (download pdf map). Starting from Kielder castle, the first 3 miles are on the Lakeside Way multi-user trail. At Lewisburn the adrenalin starts to pump as the first section of singletrack along Lewisburn Valley hits you.
The trail climbs out of the valley and heads up to the top of Purdom Pike at over 1000 feet where you will be greeted by quite simply breath-taking views of the North Tyne Valley and beyond. To help get you across the boggy terrain of Purdom Pike is a 1000 yards of timber 'fly-over', the longest of its kind in England.
From Purdom Pike the trail begins its descent back towards Kielder village, passing Skyspace and close to Kielder Observatory. The final stretch down Bewshaugh to the village is a thrilling flowing descent through the forest. Please observe all warning signs.
As with all trails in Kielder, please be fully prepared for riding in remote environments and come properly equipped. The weather can change rapidly and small equipment failures can quickly turn into a more serious situation. Always let somebody know where you are going and when you are due back.
Overview map of ALL Kielder's 100 miles of trails (download pdf here).
What do other visitors say?
3 StarsDerek, 3/Jun/2016
SORT THE BLACK GRAVEL OUT! Once again a ride that should be a total blast is ruined by piles of deep poorly compacted black stones. What is going on a Kielder.
3 StarsBermboomer, 5/Jul/2015
Having come from the comparatively immaculately groomed trails of the 7 Stanes to Lonesome Pines, the switch in surface conditions is very noticeable.
If you're used to trail centre micro-fine gravel, come prepared for lumpier stones, and very different soil. Sandy, gravelly (where the Reavers have been at work) and slippier, even in the dry.
As other users have said, signage to the start of the MTB trails are v poorly signed, unless you are relgious at your map reading.
But once on the Lewisburn turn off, the grading is fare. It's a heart-pumping red route. A lot of climbing, nothing too technical on the way out, and a fair bit of fire road slog. But that's great for enduro fitness! Don't slag it til you try it.
Wish they could make the route a wee bit ' bermier' and perhaps to address the slippy larger sized gravel. It's clearly a less-oft used trail, but in the wet, is very slippy for 'entry level' users on own brand tyre, hardtails.
I'll eat my own helmet to anyone who can stay in the saddle on the climb all the way to the Northshore section at Stairway to heaven. I find it faster to walk the last set of switch backs.
The Northshore section is fun, fun, fun. Even in snow. Great views!
The descent offers very challenging conditions, rutty, large stones and the slabby stream crossing is a good test.
Bewshaugh descent is perhaps my favourite part on the route and most akin to Tweed valley type riding. Pure bendy, windy forest very narrow single track and it's good!
Overall good, but the descent after the Northshore exit could do with smoothing out. The off-camber gravel is tricky for less experienced riders and less techy bikes.
4 StarsDan, 23/Jun/2014
The signage for this trail from the castle carpark is shocking. Took a bit of finding to start with but was ok once going. There was a couple of sections where I had to double check I was heading the correct way too. The trail itself is pretty decent, some nice climbs and descents. Link it up with the Bloody Bush trail for a decent run out. One thing I will say is that these trails are quite rugged so if your expecting smooth trail centre type runs you will be disappointed, its much more real.